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Updated: 2017-08-16T18:47:06-04:00


Shut out: Padres 3, Phillies 0



Congratulations to Clayton Richard for pulling an April 2016 Vince Velasquez.

It started out so well.

It didn’t end that way.


The Phillies lost to the Padres 3-0 this afternoon, but I wish it was only that simple.

Three things happened in today’s game. Well, those things didn’t just happen in general. They happened to the Phillies.

  1. Nick Pivetta struck out 11 in five innings. Pivetta had a decent start today. Three runs over five innings isn’t great, but it isn’t terrible. (He also pitched to two guys in the sixth.) The offenses of most teams could muster that many runs, or at least two, but not the Phillies today. but we’ll get to that in a minute. The main thing here is that Pivetta was a strikeout machine. 11 through five innings, and 8 through the first three. The umpire was pretty questionable all day, but damn, Pivetta. He’s the first rookie with 11 strikeouts since Cole Hamels. Sigh.
  2. Wil Myers stole three bases off Nick Pivetta... in one inning... including home. Yeah. This was... not a great inning. It was the fourth, and Pivetta already had two outs by the time Myers knocked a single. Myers then wasted zero time stealing second. Cameron Rupp couldn’t even get a throw off, because he is not good. And then before that batter walked, he stole third. Then, Myers and the guy on first pulled off a double steal, which meant Myers stole home. Tommy Joseph almost had the guy at first tagged and in a rundown (I think, I watched the play twice but it was such an overwhelming amount of suck that my computer stopped working), but then threw to Cameron Rupp at home. The throw was too late, and Rupp couldn’t bring his glove around fast enough to tag Wil Myers. Baseball is stupid sometimes.
  3. Clayton Richards — yes, him — threw a three-hit shutout. This happened. This actually happened. Clayton Richard, who had a 5.14 ERA coming into this game, threw his first shutout since 2012, and the third of his career. He limited the Phillies to three hits today. It was, in a word, embarrassing. I’m guessing this is payback for Vince Velasquez’s brilliant shutout against the Padres in April 2016. Are we even now, Padres? Are we?

And that’s it. You don’t want to read more about this game, and I don’t want to write more about this game. The Padres are bad, but somehow not as bad as the Phillies, who have descended to heretofore unknown levels of crappiness. They just got swept by the Padres. Woof.

Game Thread 8/16: Phillies at Padres



It’s a (late) afternoon delight. Sort of.

All right, cats and kittens, it’s the last game in San Diego! And we’re getting that rare 3:40 start. If you think about it, 3:40 is really a great time for an afternoon start. It’s comes just close enough to 5pm that you don’t feel too bad for shirking work to pay attention.

So, who do we have today?

Today's Lineups

Cesar Hernandez - 2B Manuel Margot - CF
Freddy Galvis - SS Carlos Asuaje - 2B
Rhys Hoskins - LF Yangervis Solarte - 3B
Tommy Joseph - 1B Cory Spangenberg - LF
Nick Williams - CF Wil Myers - 1B
Maikel Franco - 3B Austin Hedges - C
Cameron Perkins - RF Hunter Renfroe - RF
Cameron Rupp - C Dusty Coleman - SS
Nick Pivetta - RHP Clayton Richard - LHP

I can’t fault Pete Mackanin for starting Cameron Rupp today. Jorge Alfaro played last night, and day-after-night starts are one of the reasons why you carry two catchers.

Disturbingly, Odubel Herrera is still sitting with a sore hamstring. Cam Perkins and Rhys Hoskins are guarding the corners with Nick Williams in center. Get well soon, Odubel. We miss you.

Discuss the game in the comments below.

Phillies Prospects: Who will get the call in September?


There is a strong likelihood that we will see a few prospects get the call in September, but who will they be? As has been tradition for the previous few seasons, there is one major thing to look forward to when it comes to the Phillies: September prospect promotions. The 2013 season was technically the first year of the rebuild and, in September of that year, we got to see some of the current-day Phillies such as Cameron Rupp, Cesar Hernandez, Freddy Galvis, and Luis Garcia. It was Rupp’s cup of coffee in the bigs while Hernandez, Galvis, and Garcia had all seen some time with the Phils prior to September. September of 2014 brought us our first glimpse of Maikel Franco. Rupp and Hernandez were both brought up for the second September in a row before eventually sticking with the big club the following spring. 2015 was just downright awful in terms of September promotions. Colton Murray, Erik Kratz, Dalier Hinojosa, Brian Bogusevic, Nefi Ogando, David Buchanan, and Ken Roberts were all called up within a week of each other. These promotions pretty much sum up the Phillies in 2015. Last September was when we finally got to see some potential future pieces in September. That’s right, Darin Ruf, Phil Klein, and Cody Asche were all promoted in Sep... OK so I’m getting word that Ruf is in Korea, Klein is in Japan, and Asche is with the White Sox triple-A affiliate. Anyways, Jorge Alfaro and Roman Quinn were both promoted from Reading for their glimpse at what it’s like in the majors. Alfaro played in just six games while Quinn played in 15 games. This year may be a bit different than previous years given the Phillies 40-man crunch. They most likely will not promote a prospect unless they are already on the 40-man or need to be placed on the 40-man to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft this offseason. Anticipated Promotions The obvious September call-up was Rhys Hoskins, but he has already earned a promotion. Hoskins’ promotion turns the attention to another highly-touted prospect who is in triple-A: J.P. Crawford. The Phillies 2013 first round selection struggled for the first half of the season and was subsequently knocked down a number of midseason prospect lists, most notably Baseball America’s where he was ranked 92nd after beginning the year as their no. 12 ranked prospect. Crawford has turned it around immensely since missing a week and a half in June due to a groin injury. He is hitting .283/.383/.565 with 11 2B, 5 3B, and 11 HR since returning from the aforementioned injury on June 20. Crawford must be added to the Phillies 40-man roster at the end of the season for Rule 5 protection. That, coupled with his resurgence in triple-A and the fact that the Phillies only have 39 players on their current 40-man roster, gives him a good shot at being a September call-up. Possible Promotions Dylan Cozens is another candidate to be promoted in September. He has really struggled over the past month and a half as he’s slashing .179/.290/.299 with just one double and five home runs since July 1. In that 38-game span, he has racked up an 18:64 BB:K ratio. He is already on the 40-man roster, however, so the Phillies wouldn’t be wasting another spot for someone who needs to be protected. The last month of the triple-A season will be the deciding factor as to whether or not the Phillies reward him with a September promotion. Jake Thompson has gone through his fair share of struggles in triple-A this season. He looks to be headed towards career worsts in ERA, walks, and hits allowed while he already has surpassed his career high in runs allowed. He made a spot start when Jeremy Hellickson was scratched before ultimately being traded and looked good in it, so the Phillies kept him for at least one more start. In that start, however, he struggled and was then sent back to triple-A. Last season, Thompson was shut down in September on an innings limit. This season, with Lehigh Valley now on the verge of possibly missing the playoffs, we may see the Phillies ta[...]

Phillies MLR 8/14 - 8/15/17: Cornelius Randolph, keep doing that


Phillies Minor League Roundup for 8/14-8/15 Today’s Probables: LHV: Tom EshelmanREA: Franklyn KilomeCLR: McKenzie MillsLWD: Luis CarrascoWIL: Andrew Brown Norfolk 2, Lehigh Valley 0 (August 15) Ben Lively - 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5 GB, 3 FBScott Kingery - 1 for 4, 2B, KJ.P. Crawford - 0 for 4, 2 KAndrew Pullin - 1 for 4, KDylan Cozens - 1 for 3, K Ben Lively bounces back from his 7 earned run start last week, but unfortunately takes the loss. The LHV offense went 0 for 1 with RISP and left 4 on base. Without Nick Williams, Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro the offense has struggled to generate runs despite the efforts of Kingery and Crawford at the top of the lineup. Reading 4, Bowie 3 (August 15, 15 innings) Elneiry Garcia - 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, K, 5 GB, 4 FBZach Coppola - 1 for 6, R, BB, SBCord Sandberg - 0 for 6, 4 KCarlos Tocci - 1 for 6, R, 2B, K, HBPKyle Martin - 1 for 5, R, RBI, 2 BB, 2 KJiandido Tromp - 2 for 7, RBI, 3 KDeivi Grullon - 0 for 6, 3 KMalquin Canelo - 0 for 6, 3 K Elneiry Garcia makes his 2nd start for Reading this season, another which he gave up only 1 earned run. He threw 50 of his 76 pitches for strikes. After Tom Windle gave up 2 runs in the 6th, Austin Davis, Victor Arano, Ranfi Casimiro and Shane Watson combined for 8 shutout innings to seal the victory. After Zach Coppola singled to lead off the bottom of the 15th, Jiandido Tromp delivered a two-out walk-off single to win the game. St. Lucie 12, Clearwater 7 (August 14)St. Lucie 5, Clearwater 4 (August 15) Seranthony Dominguez - 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, HR, 3 GB, 1 FBJoJo Romero - 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 8 K, HR, HBP, 6 GB, 4 FBJose Gomez - 0 for 7, KCornelius Randolph - 4 for 7, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, KWilson Garcia - 5 for 8, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBIZach Green - 1 for 8, R, 4 KJose Pujols - 1 for 8, HR, 3 RBI, 6 KJan Hernandez - 2 for 4, HR, SB So can Cornelius Randolph please keep this up? Because we kind of need this now. Since May 20th (fun with arbitrary sample sizes), he is batting .294/.384/.447 with 8 HR and 7 SB. That is 1st round pick level-production. Sure it isn’t the power you’d expect from your leftfielder, but damn isn’t that OBP nice. Lakewood 2, Kannapolis 1 (August 15) Bailey Falter - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, WP, HBP, 3 GB, 4 FBDaniel Brito - 1 for 4, RBIAdam Haseley - 1 for 3, RBI, BB, KMickey Moniak - 0 for 4, 3 KDarick Hall - 0 for 4, 2 kAustin Listi - 0 for 2, BB, KColby Fitch - 0 for 3, KArquimedes Gamboa - 1 for 3, R, KLuke Williams - 1 for 3, SBJesus Alastre - 1 for 3, R Perhaps not discussed enough is 20 year old lefty Bailey Falter who now holds a 3.12 ERA in 104 IP with 94 strikeouts to just 20 walks. He could be good! More importantly, Adam Haseley made his full-season ball debut last night as a designated hitter. His RBI single in the 3rd, gave Lakewood a 2-0 lead. Watch out Roman Quinn, Luke Williams has 25 steals this season. NY/Penn South All-Stars 5, NY/Penn North All-Stars 2 (August 15) Kyle Young - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, KRandy Alcantara - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, HRLuis Ramirez - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, K, HRJhailyn Ortiz - 0 for 2Greg Pickett - 1 for 2, K GCL Phillies 12, GCL Yankees West 0 (August 14 completion of 7/29 suspended game)GCL Phillies 3, GCL Yankees West 1 (August 14, 7 innings)GCL Phillies 3, GCL Yankees West 2 (August 15) [...]

The Dirty Inning, Episode 15: That's just Gross



Welcome back to the ‘80s. Yes, yes - were all younger then.

Sex! Cocaine! Phones! September 21, 1985 was an intersection of some of baseball’s most historic staples. Join Justin and Trevor as they encapsulate not only what the slightly terrible ‘85 Phils were about, but the story of the 1980s in America through a doomed appearance by Phillies pitcher Kevin Gross.

Padres 8, Phillies 4: But Hoskins and Alfaro Though



Alfaro hit his first career homer, and Hoskins hit his third.

The Phils lost another late nighter in San Diego, but more importantly, the most recent call-ups each showed off their power. Jorge Alfaro hit his first career home run, and Rhys Hoskins followed up his two-HR day yesterday with his third today. Each was a two-shot.

The two home runs constituted the Phils only offensive production. Meanwhile, Mark Leiter Jr. allowed a whole pile of earned and unearned runs through various Padre machinations.

Jesen Therrien and Hoby Milner pitched reasonably well in relief of Leiter, but an 8-2 lead is a bit much to come back from.

Let’s not dwell on that, though. In fact, let’s just have another look at those bombs.

Yeah, that’s better.

Game Thread 8/15: Phillies at Padres



Late into the evening...

I’m having a hard time focusing on tonight’s game because I’m still obsessed with those Rhys Hoskins home runs. Good lord, those were just... so profoundly awesome. We’re all dedicated fans, and as much as a fan can deserve anything, we deserved that.

Today's Lineups

Cesar Hernandez - 2B Manuel Margot - CF
Freddy Galvis - SS Carlos Asuaje - 2B
Nick Williams - CF Jose Pirela - LF
Rhys Hoskins - LF Yangervis Solarte - SS
Tommy Joseph - 1B Wil Myers - 1B
Maikel Franco - 3B Cory Spangenberg - 3B
Hyun Soo Kim - RF Hector Sanchez - C
Jorge Alfaro - C Hunter Renfroe - RF
Mark Leiter - RHP Dinelson Lamet - RHP

A day without Odubel is a day without sunshine. At least that’s how I feel about it.

Best of luck to Mark Leiter Jr, who is starting tonight. I know that Petco is a pitcher’s park, but the way that Rhys Hoskins hit those dingers last night, I just don’t know.

Discuss the game in the comments below.

Phillies injury news: Daniel Nava hits the DL, Odubel Herrera nurses his hammy



Odubel Herrera is hurt, nooooooo...

The injury rain clouds have crapped all over the Phillies again. And this time, it’s personal.

Odubel Herrera, the best hitter on the Phillies, is hurt.

That thing he tweaked is his left hamstring. We don’t know much about it right now, like how badly it’s hurt, or how long he’ll be out. We don’t even know if this is DL worthy. Presumably we’ll find out more tomorrow.

Herrera has been on an absolute tear since June 1, hitting .343/.388/.579. He’s also in the middle of a 17-game hitting streak, which will just have to be put on pause for now.

Hamstring stuff is tricky, as we’ve seen with Aaron Altherr. (And some of us still carry the scars from 2010 Jimmy Rollins.) And so while that hammy is squealing (see what I did there?), Odubel should definitely sit. Even though he will be missed very much by me, and many others.

Daniel Nava, who I keep forgetting is still on this team, is also hurt. He’s got a back strain, so the Phillies have sent him to the DL. Nava hasn’t appeared in a game in four days, and I thought he’d wandered off somewhere looking for a nosh in the Mission and hadn’t come back. But hey, at least he’s not lost trying to find a fish taco. To take Nava’s place, they’ve called Cameron Perkins back up from Triple-A.

Get well soon, guys.